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Arizona's Upton Impressive In Early Workouts

As Justin Upton pulled on his brand-new Arizona Diamondbacks jersey, he tried to recall what he was doing at this time last year.

"A year ago, we just started tryouts for my high school team," Upton said this week. Tryouts? Upton chuckled when asked if he had to try out for the varsity at Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, Va. "No, not really," he said.

In June, the Arizona Diamondbacks picked him first overall in the amateur draft. After several months of negotiations, the club gave Upton a $6.1 million signing bonus -- the largest in a minor league contract for a drafted player who was not a free agent.

And now the 18-year-old is at the Diamondbacks' training camp as a non-roster invitee. Upton showed up nearly a week before the reporting date for position players. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder started hitting balls over the fence in his first swings against big league pitching.

"Unbelievable impression," manager Bob Melvin said after watching Upton in the batting cage. "He's got great actions for an 18-year-old kid. A wooden bat looks natural in his hands. He resists going out there and trying to hit home runs on every ball in batting practice. He hits the ball the other way. Just a very impressive 18-year-old."

Via AP


Gonzalez In No Rush To Retire

Luis Gonzalez wants to finish his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

But the 38-year-old outfielder's future is uncertain as enters the final year of his three-year, $30 million contract. The Diamondbacks hold a contract option for 2007, and there's already speculation that he's not in the team's plans beyond this summer.

Gonzalez had a message for the front office as he reported for training camp Wednesday morning.

"I'm not planning on retiring any time soon," Gonzalez said. "And I don't plan on getting pushed out of the game. I'm not going to give my job up. They're going to have to tell me they're going in a different direction."

General manager Josh Byrnes shook his head when asked if the club was trying to ease Gonzalez out. He said Gonzalez's drive to prove he still belongs is "healthy."

Via AP


Tracy And D-Backs Discuss Extension

Chad Tracy arrived in camp Monday with position security and the prospect of financial security.

The Diamondbacks and Tracy?s agent, Alan Nero, are in preliminary discussions about a contract extension that could cover most of Tracy?s arbitration years.

?We?re in the very early stages of trying to come to some sort of long-term agreement. We?re exchanging proposals,?? Nero said.

?I love Arizona, I love the Diamondbacks and I love our fans. It would be nice to settle in. I like these guys. It almost feels like we are a family,?? Tracy added.

Tracy had a breakout season in 2005, his second in the major leagues, hitting .308 with 27 home runs and 72 RBIs despite moving from first base to the outfield to accommodate personnel moves. He had 19 homers from July forward.

Via East Valley Tribune


Fogg Considering D-Backs, Rockies And Giants

Pitcher Josh Fogg, released by the Pirates in December, is considering three National League West teams as a free agent - Arizona, Colorado and San Francisco.

None of the three, though, has guaranteed Fogg a spot in their starting rotation.

Via Beaver County Times


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